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Date(s) - 26/01/2019
2:00 pm - 4:15 pm

The Old Baptist Chapel, off Church Street


Visit the beautiful 15th century timber-framed Old Baptist Chapel to discover the truth about the much misunderstood art of Taxidermy.

A Bloody Business – Taxidermy in Museums 2pm to 2.45pm:  Using items from the museum’s extensive Natural History collection, Curator, Simon Lawton will be revealing the fascinating history of taxidermy in museums from collecting to displays and from preservation to pests (woolly bears, not as cute as they sound).  To say that a taxidermist stuffs animals is misleading.  In fact the skin is removed, preserved and arranged around a model of the original body called a ‘form’.

Taxidermy Today – including Marquette Making Demonstration 3.15pm to 4.15pm:  Dispelling all the myths about her profession, Becky Dick, a taxidermist based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, will be telling you all you need to know about this much misunderstood art, and how she goes about creating her taxidermy modern classics.  All Becky’s taxidermy specimens are ethically sourced and are either road-kill or euthanized wild-life from the vets, RSPCA and WWT Slimbridge, and which couldn’t be saved due to injuries and illness.  No mammals or birds are killed when making her pieces of taxidermy.

Admission:  Adult: £6.00, Seniors & Students £4.50, Children £2.00 Tickets are available either on the door or in advance from the museum and include admission to the John Moore Museum and the Merchant’s House – plus refreshments.